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October 14, 2004

Search Engine Tips

National Philanthropy Day Awards

Promote Your Events at Akron Community Foundation's Community Calendar

YWCA Champions Week Without Violence

New Art Museum Plans Presented by Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum

FREE Nonprofit Leadership News

Research Before You Buy

Verizon Tuition Assistance Program

Our Secrets for Better Computing

Register for Upcoming Classes

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Tips for Getting Your Website to the Top of Search Engine Results

I was doing some research on search engines and found this information from Google very enlightening:

"If your pages haven't been indexed yet, it's probably because there aren't enough other pages on the web that link to them. Google looks at the link interconnectedness among pages, relying on the vastness and openness of the Internet to yield the most relevant search results. If other pages don't link to yours, we can't assign your pages a PageRank (our proprietary measure of a page's importance) in a reasonable way. Once other pages point to them, we'll pick your pages up."

"If you are having difficulty getting listed in the Google index, you may want to consider submitting your site to Yahoo! or Netscape. You can submit to Yahoo! by visiting You can submit your site to Netscape's Open Directory Project (DMOZ) by visiting Once your site is included in either of these directories, Google will often index your site within six to eight weeks."

For more information, visit

Bottom line: the more pages that link to you, the higher your score and the higher you are in the results list.

As a first step, make sure your website is listed in the WebNetwork, Info Line's listing of area nonprofit websites, at


Akron Community Foundation Hosts Easy-to-Use Community Calendar

Want to know who is doing what and when? Want others to know when your events will be held? Post your events on the Akron Community Foundation's Around Akron Community Calendar. It's very easy to use and provides a great snapshot of what is happening in our community every month.



Week Without Violence ...
October 17 through October 23, 2004

YWCA of Summit County will observe the 9th Annual Week Without Violence with a “Meet the Candidates” night followed by “Take Back the Night” March and Rally. The week will honor local supporters of victims’ rights including Deb Lemire, Epitome Magazine, Morris Office Environments, Judge Unruh, Petracca Realty and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program at the DOVE Unit of St. Thomas Hospital. The week long, nation-wide campaign highlights practical, sustainable alternatives to violence in our homes, schools, places of work and communities.

“Violence against women is not just a women’s issue, it is a people issue. Violence effects 1 in 3 women which in turn effects 1 in 3 families,” said Jennifer Brown, YWCA Rape Crisis Program Director. “YWCAs nationwide use this week to specifically empower women to say NO to violence, and YES to safe homes, schools and communities.”

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2004
    “Meet the Candidates” and Take Back the Night
    The University of Akron Student Center, Room 335.
     Admission is free but individuals participating in the march are encouraged to raise sponsorship dollars. ($25 is suggested).
  • Friday, October 29, 2004
    “Take the Fright Out of the Night” Fundraiser
    The University of Akron Ballroom B.
    Enjoy hors devourers, desserts, entertainment, auction and cash bar. Tickets are $25 and available by contacting Linda Holland at 330-253-6131 ext. 219.

YWCA of Summit County envisions a world of peace, dignity, freedom and equality for all, free of racism and sexism: empowering women, leading change. For more information, Jennifer Brown, Rape Crisis Program Director, at 330-253-6131.


Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum Presents Planned Opening of the Akron Art Museum
October 20, 6:00 PM

The Zonta Club of Akron-Barberton-Cuyahoga Falls cordially invites you to their October dinner meeting. Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum, Chief Curator & Head of Public Programs, will discuss the planned opening of the Akron Art Museum.

Dr. Tannenbaum has been at the Akron Art Museum since 1985. She has organized over fifty exhibitions for the museum, including A History of Women Photographers, the first large-scale international exhibition chronicling women's achievements in photography. Her most recent publication is an award-winning book exploring 100 major works from the museum's collection. For these and other contributions to the community, she received a Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement in 1998 and was designated by the YWCA as one of 100 women of distinction in Summit County.

The dinner meeting will be held at 6:00 on October 20th at the Akron City Women's Club, 732 W Exchange Street. Cost is $16 for members, $20 for non-members. RSVP by noon on October 19th to Karen Brubaker, Zonta Membership Chair, at 330-666-9330 or  . 

Zonta is the worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions, working to improve the legal, political, economic and professional status of women worldwide. The Zonta Club of Akron-Barberton-Cuyahoga Falls (Zonta ABC) has a history of 52 years of service, both to the community and to worldwide projects. Besides financial support of Zonta’s international projects, local fund-raising efforts support the Akron Harvest Home for women and children (part of the Haven of Rest Ministries) plus Victim Assistance. They also fund several "Verna Trushel Displaced Homemaker Scholarships" at the University of Akron.

For more information about Zonta, visit

For more information about the plans for the new Akron Art Museum, visit


Nonprofit Leadership News at Bridgestar Website

"The State of Nonprofit Hiring" is the topic of October's issue of Leadership Matters, the online newsletter of Bridgestar. Previous issues feature articles about leading through crisis, compensation, performance evaluations, and nonprofit teams.

These newsletters are free to nonprofit professionals. Visit and click on the link to Newsletter: Leadership Matters in the left-hand column

A comprehensive "Guide to Navigating the Hiring Process" is also available online. The 19-page guide,is designed to help nonprofits recruit the senior executives who are most qualified for positions as well as most likely to fit the organizations' missions and cultures.

Bridgestar, an initiative of the Bridgespan Group, is a nonprofit organization building a member-driven community of individuals and organizations working to strengthen their careers, their institutions, and the nonprofit sector. Established in 2003, Bridgestar's goal is help nonprofits attract, connect and develop strong leadership teams to increase the overall performance of the sector, leading to greater effectiveness and social impact.


Are you getting the best deals for your technology dollar?

Don't buy anything technology-related until you've visited these three websites first!! They offer significant discounts for nonprofits with Microsoft, Dell, CDW, Adobe, and more!

AFP Recognizes Regional Leaders 16th Annual Awards Luncheon
November 10, 11:30 - 2:00
Fairlawn Country Club

Please make plans to join the North Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the 16th Annual Awards Luncheon. It is our best opportunity to celebrate the philanthropic efforts of a wide range of organizations and individuals.

Thanks to the outstanding contributions made by some selfless individuals, so many lives have been impacted and improved. This year, AFP will recognize the impact these leaders have had on our community:

  • Foundation Leadership Award: Paul & Carol David Foundation
  • Corporate Leadership Award: Sterling Jewelers, Inc.
  • Small Business Leadership Award: Moe Schneider/Moe’s Restaurant
  • Outstanding Fundraiser Award: Dr. Glenn Clayton
  • Outstanding Philanthropist Award: Ron & Joan Burbick (Burbick Foundation)
  • Special Recognition Award: Kent State University
  • Special Tribute to Children & Philanthropy: Lucas Rife and the students of Seton Catholic School

More information, including reservations and sponsorship opportunities, can be found at Please feel free to contact Julie Miller with any questions at 330-253-4597 (x 127) or .


Amy's PC TIP:
Keep E-mail Organized with Followup Flags

Do you have trouble keeping track of all the e-mail messages that need your attention? Sometimes, in the clutter of all the messages that come in over the course of a day, it’s easy to lose track of that message you got last week that you were supposed to respond to by today.  If you use Microsoft Outlook, here’s a handy tool that will make it easier to keep track of messages that require further action. 

  1. In your Outlook Inbox, there is a column header that looks like a little flag (P).  In 2003, it’s off to the right; in all other versions, it is typically on the left.  (Note: if you have customized your Inbox view, this column may not be visible – see instructions at the end if your flag column is missing.)
  2. Right click on a message that requires follow up action and choose Flag for Follow Up. (In 2003, choose Add Reminder). Note: If you open a message in its own window, click the flag button on the toolbar.
  3. The Flag for Follow Up dialog box will appear.
    1. Choose an action from the drop-down list.  Among the choices are: follow up, call, do not forward (good for sensitive messages), reply, etc.
    2. Set a reminder date and time.  This way, Outlook will pop up a reminder box (just like for your appointments) that reminds you to take whatever action you chose for that message.
    3. Click OK.
  4. Once you have completed the action, right click on the flag and select Flag Complete.  The flag will turn white, and if you open the message, the header will tell you when you completed the follow up on this message.


Now you can get back to all of your messages when you intended to, and look fabulously organized to all of your contacts!

Bonus feature: In Outlook 2003, you can flag an action completed with a single left click on the flag itself.  The flag will be replaced with a checkmark, and the message header will display the follow up date and time.  Outlook 2003 also allows you to choose different flag colors, and the navigation pane contains a link labeled For Follow Up, which automatically filters your mailbox for just those messages which were assigned flags, grouping them by color.

No Flags? If your follow up column is missing: Right click in the column header area and select Customize Current View.  In the popup box, select All Mail Fields from the drop down list.  Select Flag Status and click Add.  Use the Move Up/Move Down buttons to specify where the column will display.  Click OK twice, and you should see your flag column.


Verizon Revises Tuition Assistance Program ... Get it While You Can!

Verizon is continuing to offer one eTraining grant per year to nonprofit organizations interested in technology training.

To apply for this tuition assistance, visit If you have any questions, please call us at 330-315-1335 or e-mail .


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